Schools in the Midlands are celebrating after new government figures revealed a marked improvement in GCSE results.
The proportion of Birmingham 16-year-olds achieving the official benchmark of five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C reached a new high of 72 per cent, a rise from 66.6 per cent last year.
It beats the national average for pupils across England, which currently stands at 69.7 per cent, indicating a rise of 4.4 per cent.
Commenting on the results, Tony Howell, the city's strategic director for children, schools and families, told the Birmingham Mail: "This is a real success story. We have consistently improved our performance year-in-year out.
"For a city of the size and complexity to now be performing above the national average is a remarkable achievement."
Written by Alan Douglas